Maybe there should be a new efficiency statistic related to free throws - the ratio of foul shots a player takes compared to those he spawns with his own fouls.
Calculating the cost of each personal is a bit complicated, of course. Not every personal sends an opponent to the line, and not every free throw attempted is made.
What's more, a lack of fouls committed may as easily reflect unenthusiastic defense as strong discipline and defensive control.
Still, a simple comparison is instructive.
Looking at those 2012 players who got to the line most often for each ACC team, a ratio of better than 2.5 free throws tried to one foul committed is impressive.
Understandably guards appear more likely than big men to enjoy a significant advantage in attempts versus attempts caused; perimeter denizens are less likely to incur fouls as a result of fighting for rebounds or contesting shots.
Which makes the ratio enjoyed last year by Virginia post player Mike Scott (3.1:1) all the more remarkable.
|Mike Scott, V||172||56||3.07|
|Terrell Stoglin, M||202||66||3.06|
|C.J. Harris, WF||173||71||2.44|
|Austin Rivers, D||184||76||2.42|
|Erick Green, VT||122||52||2.35|
|Ryan Anderson, BC||110||47||2.34|
|Tyler Zeller, NC||224||102||2.20|
|C.J. Leslie, NCS||188||87||2.16|
|Durand Scott, Mia||122||67||1.82|
|Bernard James, FSU||116||68||1.71|
|Mfon Udofia, GT||101||76||1.33|
|Devin Booker, C||106||81||1.31|
|Other ACC Leaders in FT Attempted:|
|Harrison Barnes, NC||195||68||2.87|
|Mason Plumlee, D||176||86||2.05|